Kia Forte Complaints

Kia Forte Complaints
  • 360 Complaints
  • 42 Crashes
  • 16 Fires
  • 29 Injuries
  • 3 Fatalities
  • Consumers have filed a total of 360 complaints for Forte models.

Recent Complaints

Parts: FORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCEFORWARD COLLISION AVOIDANCE
  • Date of Incident: Jan-02, 2021
  • Date complaint filed: 07:05 Jan-14, 2021

FCW DISABLES WHILE DRIVING DOWN ROAD.TOOK TO KIA DEALER AND WAS TOLD WAS A SOFTWARE PROBLEM WITH NO FIX. KIA IS FULLY AWARE OF THIS PROBLEM AND WONT FIX IT. HERE IS A LINK TO WHAT IS HAPPENING: HTTPS://WWW.KIForte.COM/FCA_FRONT_VIEW_CAMERA_SENSOR-228.HTML

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-18, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 19:42 Jan-05, 2021

Driving home from work. Engine started to have a ticking sound to it, i was only 5 mins from my house so i figured i? D look at it when i got home. Went to accelerate and my car didn? T have the power it used to. Next i hear a pop sound and white smoke out of the exhaust. Pull over smell burnt oil and oil all over the alternator.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-31, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Jan-04, 2021

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2015 Kia Forte. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING 55 MPH, WHEN SHE BEGAN TO HEAR AN ABNORMAL NOISE. THE CONTACT STATED NO WARNING LIGHT WAS ILLUMINATED. THE VEHICLE BEGAN TO HESITATE AND THEN SEIZED. THE CONTACT STATED SHE STARTED TO SMELL "BURNED RUBBER" AND SAW WHITE SMOKE EXITING THE ENGINE. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DRIVABLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TOWED TO INDEPENDENT MECHANIC AND WAS INFORMED THE STARTED HAD TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED BUT CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE THE FAILURE. THE INDEPENDENT MECHANIC INFORMED THE ENGINE WAS NEEDING TO BE REPLACED. THE CONTACT CALLED JIM SHORKEY KIA (12900 US-30, IRWIN, PA 15642: (724) 241-0176) AND WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED AS OF YET. UPON INVESTIGATION, THE CONTACT ASSOCIATED THE FAILURE WITH NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 20V750000 (ENGINE), HOWEVER THE VIN WAS NOT INCLUDED. THE MANUFACTURER HAD NOT BEEN INFORMED OF FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 56,000.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-22, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 15:31 Jan-02, 2021

DRIVING DOWN THE INTERSTATE ABOUT 70 MILES PER HOUR VEHICLE IN MOTION IT STARTED DRIVING DIFFERENT I PULLED OVER TO GET GAS ANYWAYS AND NOTICED BLACK SOOT ALONG BOTH SIDES OF THE VEHICLE IT WAS RAINING THAT NIGHT I DIDN'T REALLY THINK TOO MUCH OF IT I GOT HOME I TALKED TO A MECHANIC THAT'S A FRIEND AND HE NAME SEVERAL THINGS I DECIDED TO GOOGLE IT AND SAW THAT MY Kia Forte IS ON THE RECALL LIST FOR THE MOTOR CAUSING FIRES AND MOTOR FAILURE

Parts: SUSPENSIONSERVICE BRAKESENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Aug-03, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 01:05 Dec-31, 2020

I PURCHASED MY 2016 Kia Forte IN MARCH 2017 USED AND SINCE THEN I'VE BEEN HAVING SUSPENSION PROBLEMS. MAY 2017 I HAD 3 ALIGNMENTS AND I CONSTANTLY BEEN GETTING ALIGNMENTS AND REPLACING MY BRAKES AND TIRES. AUGUST 2020 MY CAR STARTED TO CUT OFF WHILE I WAS DRIVING AND ACCELERATE WHEN I TRIED TO STOP. MY CHECK ENGINE CODE AN IGNITION COILS PROBLEM SO I DID A FULL TUNE-UP AND OIL CHANGE IN SEPTEMBER. BUT IT DIDNT FIX THE PROBLEM SO AFTER THAT MY CAR CODE AN INTAKE FAILURE. I HAD IT REPAIRED IN OCTOBER BUT IT STILL DIDN'T FIX THE PROBLEM AND ON TOP OF THAT THE PISTONS IN THE ENGINE STARTED GRINDING. I TOOK MY CAR BACK TO THE SHOP AND THEY SAID THAT I NEED A WHOLE NEW ENGINE. NOW MY CAR BEEN SITTING EVERY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: Oct-01, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 11:07 Dec-29, 2020

The low beam headlights hid have gone in and out while diving at night.. Then they have now blown out twice. At $100 dollars a piece.. This is unacceptable..!! There seems to be a shot circuit in the light switch itself.. It has blinked off when using the turn signal as well which leads me to come to this conclusion..

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Mar-14, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 17:09 Dec-27, 2020

The engine began, without warning, consuming the oil. The engine then began making a knocking noise that is now irreparable without replacement. This knocking noise, due to low oil, was not preceded by the "oil light," as i had recently received an oil change. The car now struggles to accelerate and i have to add oil every 2 weeks or so. This is a similar issue with other kia models, with the same engine, that will be involved in a class action lawsuit in january 2021.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Nov-10, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 16:20 Dec-22, 2020

We were not experiencing any issues with the vehicle. My husband was driving home from work in the city and the car stopped running due to engine issues. It appears to be exactly what is in the recent recall but our car is not included. There was an oil leak that was not noticeable at all.

Parts: WHEELS
  • Date of Incident: Dec-21, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 11:42 Dec-22, 2020

WHILE DRIVING ON HIGHWAY, DASHBOARD ALERTED TO FRONT END COLLISION WARNINGS BUT I WAS NOT IN A COLLISION THEN MOMENTS LATER THE FRONT DRIVER SIDE TIRE BLEW CAUSING BODY DAMAGE TO THE BUMPER AND GUARDS, TOTALLY SHREDDING THE TIRE. THE CAR HAS ONLY 18,500 MILES AND TIRES WERE PROPERLY INFLATED. NORMAL DRIVING USE. TIRES ARE MADE BY KUMHO AND THE CAR IS A Kia Forte. I HAVE SEEN OTHER COMPLAINTS OF THESE SPECIFIC BRAND TIRES BLOWING OUT AROUND 20,000 MILES EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE GUARANTEED FOR 70,000 MILES. UNFORTUNATELY BLOW OUTS, BUBBLES, ETC ARE ALL NOT COVERED UNDER TIRE WARRANTY OR UNDER CAR WARRANTY. VERY DISAPPOINTING AND VERY DANGEROUS.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: Dec-07, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Dec-21, 2020

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 Kia Forte. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING AT VARIOUS SPEEDS, THE DRIVER'S SIDE HEADLIGHT BECAME INOPERABLE WITHOUT WARNING. AFTER OPENING THE HOOD, THE HEADLIGHT WORKED AS DESIGNED. ADDITIONALLY, WHILE USING THE LEFT TURN SIGNAL, THE DRIVER'S SIDE HEAD LIGHT BECAME INOPERABLE. THE LOCAL DEALER WAS NOT CONTACTED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED NOR REPAIRED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS CONTACTED AND REFERRED THE CONTACT TO NHTSA. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 59,000.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-19, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 23:30 Dec-19, 2020

Driving the car smelled a gas smell, then later a burning smell, then the car stalled, cranked it again it stalled again. Was smoking under the hood. Had just had this car oil change and multipoint inspection they stated the car was fine. Today they tell me it's engine failure. We were driving when the car stalled.

Parts: STRUCTURE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-04, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Dec-16, 2020

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS 2017 Kia Forte. THE CONTACT STATED THAT WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED, THE CONTACT NOTICED THAT WATER WAS ENTERING THE VEHICLE FROM THE TRUNK AND THE DRIVER?S SIDE FRONT AND REAR OF THE VEHICLE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO KARP BUICK (400 SUNRISE HWY, ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY 11570) WHERE THE VEHICLE WAS REPAIRED TWICE HOWEVER, THE FAILURE PERSISTED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOT NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE APPROXIMATE FAILURE MILEAGE 39,400.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Dec-01, 2019
  • Date complaint filed: 14:19 Dec-14, 2020

Vehicle experiences engine power loss as low and highway speeds. Engine power loss is accompanied by plume of oil smoke from exhaust, momentary check engine and low oil pressure light. Loss of engine power results in rapid engine deceleration of vehicle until stopped at which point the engine regains power. Vehicle has received maintenance in accordance with manufacturer recommended maintenance cycle.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Sep-28, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 17:41 Dec-10, 2020

Piston rod failure

Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEMAIR BAGS
  • Date of Incident: Oct-02, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 13:20 Dec-09, 2020

The air bag light is on like if the bags deployed but they have not vehicle has not been in accident. They tell me it? S low voltage in airbag sensor? Vehicle was off turned on and the light came airbag deployed light came on and has not been able to turn off.

Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Oct-10, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 09:32 Dec-09, 2020

Since i have had this vehicle the horn was low. I rarely drive my vehicle so for the horn not to be working is really crazy. I have heard from other kia owner that they also have had to replace the horn. This is crazy.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Nov-28, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 12:43 Dec-08, 2020

While driving, my car just shut off and wasn? T working. I was unable to start it again. No oil lights, no engine lights, or any other warning lights came on prior to it dying. The dealership is telling me there is no oil in the motor and i am not understanding. I had the oil changed every 3-5,000 miles. The car shouldn? T have stopped operating with no warning lights. The car was in motion when it abruptly shut off. I was traveling on a city street during that time.

Parts: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
  • Date of Incident: Dec-05, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 22:57 Dec-05, 2020

All of the headlamps / all tail/park/marker / all i/p illumination lamps goes out when turning on the turn signals while driving & signaling for an upcoming turn. This happens intermittently & is getting worse by the day. The lamps usually return to normal within a second or two.

Parts: ENGINE
  • Date of Incident: Nov-03, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 00:00 Dec-04, 2020

53,000 no warning was driving along a highway car started to knock. Then all of the sudden car shuts off and i pull over. Come to find out engine through a rod in the block and was not cover under warranty because they said i didn? T have enough proof oil was never change even though i gave them all my receipts.

Parts: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
  • Date of Incident: Nov-29, 2020
  • Date complaint filed: 18:52 Dec-01, 2020

The automatic trunk latch will no longer works , so the trunk of my car is opened. The button on the key pad works fine but the latch will not lock. My car was sitting in the parking lot of my apartment complex.

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